Details from Camelbak
The CamelBak Octane 18X weighs in at just a pound and with 18L of fully expanded cargo capacity, this pack is perfect for 3+ hours of nonstop action. The Octane 18X features an independent suspension, easy to reach stash pockets, a harness pocket and an expandable cargo pocket so you can comfortably carry everything you need which moving fast. Great for extended trail runs or adventure races. The CamelBak Octane 18X also includes the new 100 oz. Antidote reservoir which has a quick-snap cap that tightens in a quarter turn and a quick-disconnect tube system.
Video Preview from Camelbak of the Octane 18x
Initial Thoughts and Feelings
I try to use water bottles as much as possible. Too much weight on my back can kill me on hard and fast rides. When I venture further away from the car or house, I need to carry things. If it is to be more of a boy scout with things to fix trail side or more water and food for longer rides. In the past I have used bags from Camelbak (the Lobo), Deuter, Osprey Packs and more . Several of these will have final reviews posted in the coming months as well! I have always wanted something lighter, and Camelbak seems to have delivered that.
The material of the bag reminds me of a parachute. The zipper in the center helps keep things nice and tight when I don’t have a jacket or extra clothes in the bag. My only concern is the lack of support on the bag. It literally can be rolled up (without the reservoir) and put in a large jersey pocket.
Full review after Sea Otter
I will be taking the Octane 18x with me to Sea Otter and will be able to provide a full review after I abuse it a bit more in the heat and sand!